TRICKSTERS fooled soccer fans into using a firm's car park - and then vanished leaving almost 50 cars trapped.
A bad night for Town fans who had seen their side lose 2-1 to Chesterfield became even more miserable when they realised they had been fleeced by the thieves.
And even worse their cars were stuck in the car park close to Jewson's builders' supplies on St Andrew's Road near its junction with Leeds Road.
Firefighters had to be called out to see if they could free them.
Watch Manager Paul Mace, of Huddersfield fire station, said: "The car park had a large bollard at the entrance which sinks into the ground.
"This had been somehow lowered to let the cars in and then raised again after the match started.
"The people who had taken the money had vanished, leaving the cars stuck."
Specialist equipment would have been needed to remove the barrier, so in desperation firefighters used an electric saw to slice through another pole and a height restriction barrier so the vehicles could get out.
Watch Manager Mace added: "There were both Town and Chesterfield fans in there and they took the situation well."
Police confirmed the thieves had charged 49 cars £2.50 each - making a total of just over £122 - yet they have caused thousands of pounds damage.
A spokesman said: "A keypad had been damaged along with the barrier's wiring.
"There was no way to lower the barrier due to electrical and mechanical failure."
The men who took the money are both white and one wore a fluorescent jacket."
The car park is usually used by Jewson's head office staff.
Anyone who got a good description of the men or has any other information should contact Sgt Tony Rhodes via Huddersfield police helpdesk on 01484 436659.